Food & Hospitality

Creative agency Baldwin & Obenauf Inc. (BNO) announced March 1, 20222, that after 40 years at the helm, founder and namesake Joanne Obenauf named Trista Walker as CEO. Obenauf will continue serving the agency as board chair as she passes the torch to company’s current president.
Mar 1, 2022

Women-owned BNO announces new CEO

Creative agency Baldwin & Obenauf Inc. has had a woman at its helm for the past 40 years, and with the news that its founder and namesake will transition out of the lead role at the company, that tradition will carry on.

An artist’s rendering of the Meadowlands Sports Complex
Feb 28, 2022

Meadowlands Chamber names WSP exec board chair

Longtime member, and a former mayor of Millburn, WSP USA Senior Vice President Dan Baer assumes the position as the Gateway Project finally begins to make moves, and the organization continues work to bring a convention center to the region's sport complex.

Feb 28, 2022

Stockton Maple Project expands with 6 hubs in NJ, one in Philly

Funded by two $500,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture grants, the initiative isn't just producing syrup, but also looking to determine the viability of the industry in the Garden State.

Feb 28, 2022

Sundial Foods developing plant-based wings at Rutgers FIC

Siwen Deng co-founded Sundial Foods, which is in development at the Rutgers Food Innovation Center in Bridgeton, alongside Jessica Schwabach with the goal of providing consumers with “a plant-based meat-eating experience that’s interesting, craveable and versatile."

Feb 24, 2022

P.F. Chang’s announces 2 more Garden State locations

The chain opened its newest restaurant at 301 Mount Hope Ave., inside the Rockaway Mall, and also said it will open another in Toms River this spring.

Atlantic City boardwalk with several casinos in the foreground.
Feb 24, 2022

Report: Casino smoking ban could cost 2,500 jobs, have major hit to revenue (updated)

According to Joe Lupo, president of Hard Rock Atlantic City and of the Casino Association of New Jersey - the latter of which commissioned the study - said visitation to the seaside resort is already at a 20-year low, while the workforce is half of what it was in 2003.

Feb 24, 2022

TerraCycle’s Loop makes US debut in Portland, Oregon

The circular reuse platform is partnering with grocery chain The Kroger Co. to offer a selection of products in reusable packaging, rather than in single-use plastic.

Feb 23, 2022

Wyndham expands across Europe, Middle East, Eurasia and Africa

The company grew worldwide in 2021, and will continue to do so in 2022.

Nalini Agarwal, vice president, Pure Indian Foods, filling jars with ghee.
Feb 23, 2022

Rutgers Food Innovation Center to close Piscataway location

While the Central Jersey outpost is home to eight food companies that use the space to manufacture their products, Executive Director Nolan Lewin explained that Rutgers University doesn't own the building and chose not to renew the lease.

Feb 21, 2022

Baby formula recalled nationwide

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising consumers not to use some Similac, Alimentum or EleCare powdered products after the death of an infant due to bacteria.

Feb 21, 2022

Hard Rock Atlantic City doles out $10M in bonuses to team members

This marks the the third consecutive year for the rewards, following a record-breaking 2021 for the resort.

Coca-Cola has launched two branded spaces in East Rutherford's American Dream megamall: an event space dubbed Coca-Cola Social Bubble and a podcast studio dubbed The Pod by Coca-Cola.
Feb 18, 2022

Coca-Cola at American Dream: Branded event, podcast recording spaces launch

"American Dream is all about bringing first-to-market and innovative elements to all of our guests,” said American Dream CEO Don Ghermezian. “We are thrilled to have a partner like Coca-Cola whose imagination and ambitions match American Dream.”